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Question about Bilstein 5100's

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 2006TRDSPORT, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Apr 28, 2011 at 8:23 AM
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    I am wanting to get a set of Bilstein 5100's for my truck, and I know you can preload the front shocks up to 2.5" if I'm not mistaken. By doing that in the front and installing Bilstein 5100's on the back will the truck sit level or will I need something else on the back such as a 1" lift block or AAL?? I am looking to lift the truck a few inches and upgrade my shocks at the same time basically, and thought the 5100's would be a good route to take. I'm not quite sure how much higher the back sits than the front, which is the reason I'm asking. I know the rake is not exactly the same on all Tacomas as well. Thanks for any advice/recommendations!!
     
  2. Apr 28, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    by preload i think you mean set the adjustment at 2.5? yes but youll want a little lift in rear to level it
    i think youd have maybe 1.5ish difference in the rear and the cheapest way to fix it is to use a block
     
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    Yes, that is what I meant, so basically with the shocks up front set at 2.5" I would need a 1" lift block in the rear, or I could lower the setting in the front to say 1.75" and it would be close to level already? Thanks
     
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    youd be close at 1.75
     
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    i dunno if cheap is what your looking for butthat would be the best route for a budget
     
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    Well, I was debating on getting a 3" lift front and back with Readylift or something similiar, but decided the best thing to do would probably be getting new Bilstein 5100's all the way around, and just add a 1" block in the rear if I needed to. That way I get some lift and some new shocks at the same time. I plan on getting some BFG A/T KO's at 265/70/17 so I thought that would be a good combo, and maybe upgrade to some aftermarket wheels (Moto-Metal) down the road. Thanks for your help, input!
     
  7. Apr 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    the bilstiens would give a better ride and for the rear an AAL is the best since it supports your leaf pack and prevents axle wrap etc.. but it will give you a bit more lift then your looking for
     
  8. Apr 28, 2011 at 5:22 PM
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    Sounds like about the same thing I'm about to do, this evening after I got home from work I ordered the Bilstein 5100 four shock package that "Down South Motorsports" offers for my 2003 Tacoma. Replacing the factory installed Bilstein shocks that are on it now with a little over 80k.:)
     
  9. Apr 29, 2011 at 12:21 AM
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    I did some searching around and DSMS is the cheapest around so good choice. I will order mine as well before to long, they are out of stock at the moment for mine but I have 9 more months in Korea so no big rush, lol. I have factory bilsteins on mine as well, and when I towed a uhaul trailer before coming here weighing around 2500lb est., it was sagging a bit in the back, so I'm thinking new shocks will be a good idea. I might go with the AAL from Toytec or similiar, I don't do much offroading so either the blocks or AAL would suffice I'm sure. My goal is basically raising it up a bit, and having it level front to back with enough support in the back to where it won't sag next time I put weight in the back or tow anything.
     
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    well if you tow and carry alot of stuff around in the bed id suggesnt an AAL for sure
     
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    i had 1.75" set with stock rear and i was like 3/8 of an inch higher up front, you could really see it on flat ground, got a 2" block in the rear and now i have rake back which i like
     
  12. Apr 29, 2011 at 6:52 AM
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    This is the route I'm going. 5100s up front set at 2.5" and 2" Toytec AAL out back. Some report alignment issues with the 5100s at 2.5" up front, but I figure with the extra weight of my CBI bumpers that I shouldn't have any problems.
     
  13. Apr 29, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    I like your choice Richard and I think I'm gonna go the same route, screw it. I don't want to only go 1.75" and regret it later on, if I need to buy UCA's to correct alignment then so be it. I want to make sure that I'm happy with the lift I choose and not have to go back and spend more money fixing it. So basically if I go with the 5100's all around (front's set at 2.5"), Toytec 2" AAL on back, and possible Light Racing UCA's, all together it will be under $900. Pretty reasonable I think. Of course I will be adding bigger tires 265/70/17 BFG A/T KO's as well which I think will look outstanding.
     
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